The Little Epicurean

Jul 25 2016

Frozen Pina Colada

Frozen pina colada! This updated version of a classic summer cocktail includes homemade coconut ice cream and frozen pineapple chunks.

Frozen Pina Colada

I’m squeezing this coconut ice cream for all it’s worth. Similar to how I try to purchase items that serve multiple purposes, I like to make foods that can be used in different applications.

Coconut ice cream on it’s own is fabulous. It’s even better made into a coconut sundae cone. Today we’re exploring another way to use up those tasty scoops- frozen pina colada!

Traditional pina coladas are a blended concoction of light rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. Instead of coconut cream, let’s up the ante by using coconut ice cream. It adds the same flavors with the addition of the frozen silkiness of ice cream. Since I’m not fond of adding ice to blended drinks (I hate the way ice dilutes the mixture), I used frozen pineapple chunks.

But by far my most untraditional choice- the use of coconut flavored vodka. I’m not the biggest fan of vodka. (My happy hour recipe index proves it.) But coconut flavored vodka is really growing on me. It doesn’t smell anything like the usual rubbing alcohol vodka I’ve come to associate. This one is pleasantly fragrant. It has the alluring notes of coconut with just a hint of pineapple sweetness. It’s a great addition to any tropical inspired drink.

Frozen Pina Colada

Frozen Pina Colada

Don’t you love cocktail recipes that only have one step? I DO. This frozen pina colada is one of them. Simply put everything into a powerful blender and poof! You’ve got one tasty summer beverage.

Tropical Biscotti with banana, coconut, and macadamia nuts

These tropical biscotti feature a combination of banana, coconut, and macadamia nuts. While it’s far from traditional, it’s a great summer treat! I wasn’t much of a biscotti fan growing up. To me, they were these dry dense biscuits that were difficult to chew and lacked in the flavor department. Those days are long gone....

Jul 19 2016

Coconut Sundae Cones

Coconut Sundae Cones

These coconut sundae cones have all the nostalgia of childhood summers with the addition of a surprise tropical twist! I’m back home after a week long vacation. The struggle to return back to normalcy is a difficult one. It’s back to washing the dishes, doing the laundry, and making dinner. I already miss turndown...

Jul 15 2016

Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

This dairy-free coconut ice cream tastes like a tropical vacation and it’s the easiest ice cream I’ve ever made. No cuts, no butts, no coconuts! Even without using any shortcuts, this is the simplest ice cream I’ve ever made. You mix all ingredients in a blender and then pour it into an ice cream...

Jul 13 2016

Mango Pineapple Sangria Slush

Mango Pineapple Sangria Slush

This mango pineapple sangria slush blends together white wine and frozen fruits to create a fun twist on a summer favorite!  Aloha from Hawaii! I’m on the Big Island for the week celebrating my birthday. It’s my first time on this island and I’m loving it. But then again, Hawaii holds a soft spot...

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